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Pope Francis' May prayer intention: honor the dignity of women

May 3, 2016 - 11:48 am .- In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking rhetorically if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done.

U2's lead guitarist rocks Sistine Chapel in concert for a cure

May 3, 2016 - 03:31 am .- Lead guitarist The Edge from Irish rock band sensation U2 played “the most beautiful parish hall in the world” this weekend – the Sistine Chapel.

Cling to divine mercy, Pope Francis urges Mercedarian Order

May 2, 2016 - 03:15 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday met with representatives of a centuries-old Marian order of priests and brothers dedicated to mercy, encouraging them to persevere in their service to the marginalized by clinging to the “strength and joy” of the Gospel.

The Holy Spirit gives strength amid persecution – Pope Francis

May 2, 2016 - 09:55 am .- It is the Holy Spirit who gives Christians the ability to be witnesses of the Gospel in their daily lives, Pope Francis said Monday during Mass at the Santa Marta residence's chapel. However, with that witness comes persecution.

Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue

May 1, 2016 - 07:36 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday decried the resurgence of violence in Syria in recent days, especially in Aleppo, and renewed the call to bring about peace through dialogue.

Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution

Apr 30, 2016 - 02:30 pm .- Illuminated by the red light that spilled across Rome’s Trevi fountain, voices from persecuted Christian communities across the world shared the stories of friends and loved ones killed for the faith, and urged the world to take greater action in putting the violence to an end.

Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Apr 30, 2016 - 04:35 am .- Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the Lord through sin, it takes much more than our own effort to get back to him.

Arrests made in alleged terror plot against Vatican, Israeli embassy

Apr 29, 2016 - 02:44 pm .- Italian police arrested four people and issued arrest warrants for two more on Thursday on suspicion of conspiring with the Islamic State terrorist group. One of the arrested suspects was reportedly plotting an attack on the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.

At Vatican, Joe Biden calls for worldwide effort to fight cancer

Apr 29, 2016 - 09:35 am .- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden went to the Vatican for a summit on regenerative medicine, where he offered praise to Pope Francis and advocated for a global push to cure cancer.

Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases

Apr 29, 2016 - 07:34 am .- On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:23 am .- In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by discerning new movements and directions without being immediately closed off from them.

How Swiss Guards are bringing the Vatican to your kitchen

Apr 28, 2016 - 03:36 am .- A native of Zurich, Switzerland, David Geisser was a chef prodigy.

Pope opens the door for beatification of Albanian martyrs

Apr 27, 2016 - 11:41 am .- Pope Francis on Tuesday gave the green light for the beatification of 38 Albanian martyrs, all of whom were killed by the country’s atheistic, communist regime between 1945 and 1974.

Knowledge is empty unless it leads to love, Pope Francis says

Apr 27, 2016 - 05:17 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others.

Pope blasts clericalism in Latin American Church

Apr 26, 2016 - 04:04 pm .- Pope Francis issued strong words to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, calling clericalism “one of the greatest distortions” facing the local Church.

Vatican: suspended audit not intended to block curial reform

Apr 26, 2016 - 07:47 am .- The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.

Bishop Edward Rice 'humbled' to be new head of Missouri diocese

Apr 26, 2016 - 05:50 am .- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.

Could reconciliation with the SSPX arrive with ease?

Apr 26, 2016 - 03:01 am .- Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.

Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Apr 25, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate within the Sacred Walls about the balance of power between the Secretariat of State and the Secretariat for the Economy.

Pope pays surprise visit to Earth Day celebration

Apr 24, 2016 - 04:10 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to courageously venture into the metaphorical deserts of the world during a surprise visit to an Earth Day celebration in Rome Sunday.

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